The stadium was built for events during the 1964 World's Fair, also hosting various Olympic trials and concerts over the years, including a 1968 concert headlined by The Doors with The Who as the opening act. Jimi Hendrix also performed there in August 1968. In the summer of 1972, professional boxing was held at the Singer Bowl. Some of the fighters who boxed at the Singer Bowl were former Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson and future world champions Vito Antuofermo and Saoul Mamby. Other boxers of note that boxed at the Singer Bowl in 1972 were Edwin Viruet, John Clohessy, Roy Edmonds, Eduardo Santiago and others.
The stadium was heavily renovated in 1977 and divided into two venues, Louis Armstrong Stadium, which had significantly more seating then the original stadium, and the adjacent Grandstand. Both are part of the present-day USTA National Tennis Center. When the USTA built Arthur Ashe Stadium next door, the largest tennis-only venue in the world, the seating capacity of Armstrong was reduced to be closer to its original format.